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  • Judge weighing witness tampering evidence against Selenski, former attorney ROYALTON — A magisterial district judge in Dauphin County said he will review grand jury testimony transcripts of homicide suspect Hugo Selenski, his former attorney and a former defense investigator before ruling whether their witness tampering case should be forwarded to county court for trial. | 4/24/2014
  • Former state Senator Musto dies Former state Sen. Raphael J. Musto died this morning at his home in Pittston Township, a relative confirmed. Musto, a Democrat who served for more than 30 years in the state General Assembly and briefly in the U.S. Congress, was recently released from a federal medical prison, where he had been held after being ruled not competent to stand trial on bribery charges. | 4/24/2014
  • Hugo Selenski will act as own attorney in witness-tampering hearing ROYALTON -- Homicide suspect Hugo Selenski, his former attorney Shelley Centini and former defense investigator James Sulima are in district court in Royalton, Dauphin County, for a preliminary hearing on witness tampering charges. | 4/24/2014
  • Former senator Musto dies Former state Sen. Raphael J. Musto died this morning at his home in Pittston Township, a relative confirmed. Musto, a Democrat who served for more than 30 years in the state General Assembly and briefly in Congress, was recently released from a federal m | 4/24/2014
  • British visitors tour grave site of son of John Rolfe and Pocahontas HOPEWELL - Visitors learned more about the ties between the Tri-Cities and Gravesham, England, thanks to a cultural exchange program. "Pocahontas actually died and was buried in the little town of Gravesend," said Chris Ruth, a member of the Chesterfield | 4/24/2014
  • Former state Senator Musto dies Former state Sen. Raphael J. Musto died this morning at his home in Pittston Township, a relative confirmed. Musto, a Democrat who served for more than 30 years in the state General Assembly and briefly in the U.S. Congress, was recently released from a federal medical prison, where he had been held after being ruled not competent to stand trial on bribery charges. | 4/24/2014
  • Former state Senator Musto dies Former state Sen. Raphael J. Musto died this morning at his home in Pittston Township, a relative confirmed. Musto, a Democrat who served for more than 30 years in the state General Assembly and briefly in the U.S. Congress, was recently released from a federal medical prison, where he had been held after being ruled not competent to stand trial on bribery charges. | 4/24/2014
  • Sports & Fitness DCCC SportsAt the Dickson City Civic Center, 935 Albert St.:• Senior aerobics: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. • Betsy’s Boot Camp: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m.• Zumba: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 10-11 a.m.• Open gym | 4/18/2014
  • School News Basket BonanzaLaSalle Academy will hold its annual Basket Bonanza Friday April 25, at Fiorelli’s Catering, 1501 Main St., Peckville. This year’s theme is “Hawaiian luau.” Along with dinner, a basket raffle will be held. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $ | 4/18/2014
  • Community Calendar Yard Waste/Garbage in Throop: In Throop borough, yard waste pick up has begun. Have items curbside by 7 a.m. Garbage collection that would have taken place Friday, April 18, will take place on the following Tuesday, April 22. All other collection days rem | 4/18/2014
  • Around Town Archbald RecyclingArchbald recycling that would have taken place on Friday, April 18, will be picked up on Monday, April 21.Parade Committee MeetingThe Archbald Borough Memorial Day parade committee will meet Wednesday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at the borough | 4/18/2014
  • Former state Sen. Musto dies Former state Sen. Raphael J. Musto died this morning at his home in Pittston Township, a relative confirmed. Musto, a Democrat who served for more than 30 years in the state General Assembly and briefly in the U.S. Congress, was recently released from a federal medical prison. | 4/24/2014
  • Pork belly sliders highlight the menu at 279 Bar and Grill Since 279 Bar and Grill opened in 2013, executive chef Jim Guasto has used creative ingredients and his sharp skills in the kitchen to craft innovative dishes at the Plains Township restaurant. | 4/24/2014
  • Brian Regan never stops moving Comedian Brian Regan is always on tour. The comedian keeps up a steady schedule of shows throughout the country, making people laugh with his unique observational humor. "The word tour is kind of a murky word, in at least the way I approach it. Some peo | 4/24/2014
  • Heather Harlen is bringing mystery to Northeastern Pennsylvania Public Square, bingo, Ricketts Glen - author Heather Harlen drew upon her Northeastern Pennsylvania upbringing to create a thriller novel unlike any other. Harlen's thriller "Hope You Guess My Name" puts event planner Marina Konyeshna in the middle of a | 4/24/2014
  • Inmates, volunteers clean up cemetery for Shamokin's 150th SHAMOKIN - Under the dreary Wednesday sky, a team of volunteers brightened a cemetery by righting fallen tombstones, mowing waist-high grass and collecting fallen limbs. The project is one of several coordinated by Jeffrey Fromm to spruce up the city for | 4/24/2014
  • Shamokin could have Act 47 status by June SHAMOKIN - Shamokin could be enrolled in the state's Act 47 plan as early as June 1, according to an official of Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Marita Kelley, policy manager, said the city's comparatively small size should help | 4/24/2014
  • More than 50 in Hazle could pay $1.5K 'tap on' fee More than 50 Hazle Township residents will pay an estimated $1,500 each to connect to an upgraded and expanded sewage system in the Green Ridge section of the township, officials said Wednesday. A project manager that will oversee the estimated $1.7 mill | 4/24/2014
  • 'Pay it forward' fundraiser set for Damenti's Kevin and Helen McDonald's friends and employees are helping them get back on their feet after they lost their Butler Township restaurant Damenti's, their home and their cat in a fire last month. A fundraiser, "Pay it forward to the McDonald Fire Fund, a | 4/24/2014
  • Wyoming Valley Art league stays busy with plenty of events The Wyoming Valley Art League is geared up for spring with several events in the coming month at the Circle Centre for the Arts in downtown Wilkes-Barre. | 4/24/2014
  • Students clean up highways to promote SKIP event Behind a knoll along Peach Mountain Road in Norwegian Township, a group of high school students spotted a junk pile of tires, toilets, scrap wood and an old fence Wednesday morning. "It looked like someone dropped a house here," Gary J. Hess Jr., a socia | 4/24/2014
  • Feds charge Hetran with smuggling lathe machine to Iran ORWIGSBURG - The United States Department of Justice on Wednesday charged Hetran Inc. at Pinedale Industrial Park with evading export reporting requirements and with attempting to smuggle a lathe machine to Iran in violation of U.S. export regulations. T | 4/24/2014
  • Student injured in fight at GAR High School Wilkes-Barre police and fire EMS responded to a fight between two female students at GAR High School on Wednesday. According to Wilkes-Barre Area School District Superintendent Bernard Prevuznak, the students got into an altercation between classes. | 4/24/2014
  • Debit card info stolen from over 200 customers of Wyalusing banks Institutions say info was stolen at local merchant or merchants, not banks | 4/24/2014
  • Father, son shot to death in Luzerne County Two Sweet Valley residents face criminal homicide charges in the shooting death of a father and son. State police found Ronald Evans, 73, and Jeffery Evans 43, shot to death in their home at 71 Sunset Lake Road in Hunlock Township on Wednesday. Police charged Holly Crawford, 39, and James Roache, 31, each with an open count of criminal homicide. | 4/24/2014
  • Council and school board discuss budget PETERSBURG - The school division presented its proposed $48,189,795 budget for 2014-2015 - which includes an additional $800,00 in local funding - during a joint meeting of City Council and the School Board. A major initiative covered in the budget incl | 4/24/2014
  • Economic development group sponsors seminar today A regional economic development organization will sponsor its third government contracting seminar today in Luzerne County. NEPA Alliance will host the session from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Woodlands Inn along Route 315 in Plains Township. U.S. Rep. Matt | 4/24/2014
  • Cougars hold off Lehigh Valley power Parkland, 8-7 As the temperature dipped into the high 30s at Rex Antinonzzi Field late Wednesday afternoon, the Hazleton Area baseball team's fielding percentage took a similar drop. Usually a slick fielding team, the Cougars made seven errors against Parkland in a no | 4/24/2014
  • Police arrest man accused of raping teen A man who survived a shooting that took the lives of his brother and two other people was arrested Wednesday on rape charges. Police said Danny Maldonado, 21, had sex with a 14-year-old girl. He was arraigned Wednesday. | 4/24/2014
  • Father, son shot to death in Hunlock Twp. Two Sweet Valley residents face criminal homicide charges in the shooting death of a father and son. State police found Ronald Evans, 73, and Jeffery Evans 43, shot to death in their home at 71 Sunset Lake Road in Hunlock Township on Wednesday. | 4/24/2014
  • Pens' Kostopoulos content in 'talisman' role WILKES-BARRE - There's a term used to describe players in European soccer that is rarely used in discussion of North American sports. Talisman. A talisman is a player who can almost magically push a team through adversity, an emotional leader, an icon, | 4/24/2014
  • W-B zoning board rejects group home plan WILKES-BARRE - Most of the crowd at Wednesday's zoning hearing board meeting made their feelings about a proposed group home in South Wilkes-Barre well known. After each opponent of the plan spoke their piece, the assembly in the chambers clapped in approval. | 4/24/2014
  • Ex-diocese employee: I stole to support son Sharon Warunek was an employee of the Diocese of Scranton for 27 years and she stole from the organization for at least seven of them. She said the thefts started as a way to support her son, who was shot while working as a police officer in the Philadelphia. | 4/24/2014
  • Letter writers demand prison time for Mericle Kids-for-cash developer Robert K. Mericle must go to jail, several area residents demanded in letters sent to U.S. District Judge Edwin Kosik. A day after a request by The Citizens' Voice, Kosik on Wednesday released more letters written to him regarding the looming sentencing of the wealthy developer. | 4/24/2014
  • Shooting survivor charged with rape A man who survived a shooting that took the lives of his brother and two other people was arrested Wednesday on rape charges. Police said Danny Maldonado, 21, had sex with a 14-year-old girl. | 4/24/2014
  • Police Blotter 4/24/14 Plains Twp. police activity Plains Township police reported the following incidents: n Police said two men will be cited for disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting with another male at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday at Charlie B's Pub & Eatery. | 4/24/2014
  • Under the Influence of Music tour coming to Montage A hip-hop tour founded and headlined by Wiz Khalifa will kick off at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Thursday, July 24.Under the Influence of Music also will include performances by Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dol | 4/24/2014
  • Weekend: Places to go and things to do in Northeast Pennsylvania CLUBSARIEL VIEW INN, Lake Ariel: Saturday, Marilyn Kennedy.BAR LOUIE, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Plains Twp.: today, SIN Night; Friday, LondonForce; Saturday, Toga Party | 4/24/2014
  • H.S.ROUNDUP: Montrose clinches tie for LTC division crowns Boys and girls teams defeat Lackawanna Trail; Holy Cross runner establishes record in 3,200. Montrose clinched a tie for both the boys and girls titles in the Lackawanna Track Conference Division IV with wins over Lackawanna Trail on Wednesday. | 4/24/2014
  • H.S. SOFTBALL: Holy Cross downs Riverside in eight innings. Julia DeMarco hit a two-run home run and scored twice, including the game-winning run, and Erika Mackie threw a complete game three-hitter with 13 strikeouts to lead top-ranked Holy Cross to a 3-2 victory over Riverside in eight innings in a Lackawanna Division III matchup. | 4/24/2014
  • H.S. BASEBALL: Backus' slam helps Holy Cross rally past Riverside J.J. Backus hit a grand slam as part of an eight-run sixth inning and Holy Cross rallied for a come-from-behind 11-5 win over Riverside in a Lackawanna League Division III game. | 4/24/2014
  • COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Keystone softball sweeps CSAC doubleheader from Cedar Cres.t Sara Schraden’s complete-game, five-hitter seals pair of wins for Giants.Keystone College swept a Colonial States Athletic Conference softball doubleheader from Cedar Crest College, winning the first game, 9-1, and the second, 6-0. | 4/24/2014
  • Regional Briefs 4/24/2014 Sentencing moved in conspiracy caseSCRANTON — The sentencing for a Scranton man convicted of conspiring to kill another man’s ex-wife has been continued until June 12.Gary Williams was convicted in August of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and severa | 4/24/2014
  • Clipboard 4/24/2014 BlakelyBeef dinner: Peckville United Methodist Church takeout only roast beef dinner, Saturday, 3:30-5:30 p.m., drive through from Main Street; $12/advance, $15/day of, 570-877-7319.Free lunch: Red Door Cafe at Peckville United Methodist Church, free lunc | 4/24/2014
  • Wyoming County Court Notes 4/24/2014 Wyoming County Court notes appear weekly in The Times-Tribune.MARRIAGE LICENSES■ Ronald M. Ayers III, Tunkhannock, and Takowa Lynn May, Dallas.■ Nicholas Christopher Cona and Amanda Lee Herman, both of Meshoppen.ESTATES FILED■ Donna N. Clark aka Donna R. | 4/24/2014
  • Golden Grove remains 'dangerous, violent, unhealthy' ST. CROIX - A new report on conditions at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility says the facility remains "a very dangerous, violent, unhealthy, under-supervised, under-maintained, and deleteriously understaffed correctional environment" - and that th | 4/24/2014
  • Klein sets another V.I. swim record Another day and another V.I. national record for Sasha Klein at the Carifta Swimming Championships on Wednesday. The 14-year-old Antilles School student swam the 200-meter freestyle final in Savaneta, Aruba, at 2 minutes, 13.68 seconds, placing sixth in | 4/24/2014
  • Waste Management OKs contracts ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Waste Management Authority board met Wednesday to approved a number of contracts and amended existing contracts. The board reported out a number of poll votes, all of which were approved unanimously. Poll voting is done when action | 4/24/2014
  • Box of blasting caps found at Peter's Rest Convenience Center ST. CROIX - The road that runs in front of the Peter's Rest Convenience Center was closed to traffic for several hours Wednesday after workers discovered what they thought were live explosives. Traffic was diverted through the Peter's Rest residential ar | 4/24/2014
  • Senate considers bill rezoning GERS property At a meeting of the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday night on St. Thomas, senators discussed a number of zoning requests and a bill related to a zoning request that the governor had vetoed after it was passed by the 29th Legislature. Senate President Sh | 4/24/2014
  • Senate fails to inform public of meetings ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Legislature failed to inform the community of meetings to be held this week at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall on St. Thomas, but Legislature officials said they do not believe they violated the territory's open meetings law. | 4/24/2014
  • St. Croix man gets 10 years in prison for attacking wife, daughter with machete ST. CROIX - In an incident that V.I. Superior Court Judge Douglas Brady described as an awful and senseless tragedy, he handed down a 10-year prison sentence to a 73-year-old man charged in the brutal 2009 machete slashing of his wife and daughter that m | 4/24/2014
  • Miley reaches milestone; RailRiders blank Bisons MOOSIC - It has been 28 years since Dave Miley stepped into the batters box for the Class A Tampa Tarpons and took a pitch off the foot. It was the one at-bat in the one game he played during his minor-league career for Marc Bombard. Since then, Miley ha | 4/24/2014
  • Wyoming Sem too much for HAHS in tennis showdown KINGSTON - The Hazleton Area boys tennis team ran into a familiar roadblock on Wednesday. Taking a 7-0 record into their Wyoming Valley Conference showdown against perennial conference power Wyoming Seminary, the Cougars battled the Blue Knights hard at | 4/24/2014
  • Waste Management faces possible $6M budget shortfall ST. THOMAS - V.I. Waste Management Authority Executive Director May Adams Cornwall told the board Wednesday that the agency may be losing about $6 million in special fund allotments. Cornwall said she is working with the V.I. Finance Department and the | 4/24/2014
  • Man waives hearing on drug, stolen gun charges PORT CARBON - A Minersville man facing drug, and possession of stolen property charges waived his right to preliminary hearings Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge David A. Plachko. Russell C. Teter, 38, of 42 Westwood St., appeared before Plachko | 4/24/2014
  • Pottsville man sent to state prison for sex-related crimes Sean E. Spotts is headed to state prison after admitting Wednesday in Schuylkill County Court that he took pornographic pictures of, and exposed himself to, a pre-teen girl, and also possessed child pornography in July 2013 in Pottsville. Spotts, 27, of | 4/24/2014
  • Break-in, thefts result in more prison time for Minersville man Already serving a state prison sentence for two sets of crimes, Joseph E. Boris Jr. will spend more time there after admitting Wednesday in Schuylkill County Court that he broke into a Minersville home in July 2013 and stole more than $2,000 worth of ite | 4/24/2014
  • Minersville man admits having sexual contact with teen girl Sean J. Anthony is headed to state prison after admitting Wednesday in Schuylkill County Court that he engaged in sexual activity with a teenage girl. Anthony, 36, of Minersville, pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors, with | 4/24/2014
  • Roberts, teammates deliver as Blue Raiders edge Eagles It's easy to heap praise on Matt Roberts for Tamaqua's come-from-behind, 5-4 victory over Blue Mountain in a key Schuylkill League Division I baseball game Wednesday. The senior catcher capped a 2-for-3 day by delivering the game-winning hit, an RBI sing | 4/24/2014
  • HS SOFTBALL: Minersville powers past Marian MINERSVILLE - With the way Minersville senior Riley Gerenda was pitching, it might not have mattered how the wind was blowing Wednesday at Ken Schneck Field. But while Gerenda was handcuffing visiting Marian on three hits and tossing 16 strikeouts, the w | 4/24/2014
  • Wyoming Area ranked among top high schools Wyoming Area Secondary Center is the only area high school ranked in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of top high schools. The school's state rank was 56, and it was 2,004 nationally. U.S. News analyzed more than 31,200 public high schools in the U. | 4/24/2014
  • Attorney: Noise, odors persist from dehydration plant DALLAS TWP. - Wyoming County residents just across the Dallas Township border have a noisy, smelly neighbor they fear is affecting their health and lowering their property values - but with the natural gas boom going on just a few miles to the north, th | 4/24/2014
  • Friends, employees organize benefit for Damenti's owners Kevin and Helen McDonald's friends and employees are helping them get back on their feet after they lost their Butler Township restaurant Damenti's, their home and their cat in a fire last month. A fundraiser, "Pay it forward to the McDonald Fire Fund, | 4/24/2014
  • Pottsville McDonald's to be demolished and rebuilt A more up-to-date McDonald's will be built in East Norwegian Township next month following the demolition of the current building. Opened in 1975, the McDonald's across from the Fairlane Village mall will serve its last customer May 3. "We're looking to | 4/24/2014
  • Missing Haven girl found safe in Pottsville SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - A 14-year-old borough girl reported missing Tuesday was found safe Wednesday morning. The girl, whom authorities did not identify, was found in Pottsville and picked up by police there, according to Schuylkill Haven police Chief Jeff W | 4/24/2014
  • Saint Clair Planning Commission to hear about fast food restaurant SAINT CLAIR - The Saint Clair Planning Commission will hear plans today for a new fast food restaurant in the Coal Creek Commerce Center. The 8 p.m. meeting will be held in the Saint Clair municipal building at 16 S. Third St. Borough secretary Roland P | 4/24/2014
  • Schuylkill commissioners hold meeting at Mahanoy Area High School MAHANOY CITY - Mahanoy Area High School students had a live action civics lesson Wednesday morning when the Schuylkill County commissioners held their weekly meeting in the auditorium. Commissioners Chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier and Commissioners George | 4/24/2014
  • Hazle Township roads raising some concerns Complaints about gaping potholes and rough roads by people driving in and out of the Humboldt Industrial Park brought some interesting comments from both sides of the fence. One could call it "apprehensive navigation" as cars travel to and from work and | 4/24/2014
  • Reading man headed to state prison after admitting he fired shots outside Shenandoah restaurant Jose M. Arroyo admitted Wednesday in Schuylkill County Court that he fired several shots in March 2013 outside a Shenandoah restaurant, wounding one man, and is headed to a state prison cell as a result. Arroyo, 25, of Reading, pleaded guilty to two cou | 4/24/2014
  • Prep Roundup - Windsor 8, Appomattox Regional Governors School 1 Singles: Salle (A) d. Hollowell 4-6, 6-3, 7-5; Danile Klausmeier (W) d. Tolleris 6-3, 6-3; Bales (W) d. Baugh 6-2, 6-2; Derek Klausmeier (W) d. Ware 6-0, 6-0; Hurst (W) d. Coleman 6-3, 11-9; Kiser (W) d | 4/24/2014
  • Barletta: Government spending out of control The federal government has to restore its trust with the American people by eliminating waste and telling people the truth, the congressman representing Northeastern Pennsylvania said. U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, during his annual visit to a Red Carpet | 4/24/2014
  • Susquehanna County man charged with illegal exports to Syria Three people, including a Susquehanna County man, face charges they illegally exported laboratory equipment used to detect chemical warfare agents to Syria. Harold Rinko, 72, of Hallstead; Ahmad Feras Diri, of London; and Moawea Deri, a Syrian citizen, | 4/24/2014
  • Foster Twp. residents say without enforcement, ATV rules are ignored Michelle Procter couldn't enjoy Easter Sunday with her family due to noise from the nonstop quad and dirt bike traffic around her Foster Township home. A Ridge Street resident, she wants the township to enforce the ordinance it enacted last year regulati | 4/24/2014
  • Letters urge judge to jail Mericle Kids-for-cash developer Robert K. Mericle must go to jail, several area residents demanded in letters sent to U.S. District Judge Edwin Kosik. A day after a request by The Citizens' Voice, a Times-Shamrock newspaper, Kosik on Wednesday released more lett | 4/24/2014
  • Humboldt roads center of complaints Complaints about gaping potholes and rough spots by people using roads in and out of the Humboldt Industrial Park brought some interesting comments from both sides of the fence. One could call it "apprehensive navigation" as cars travel to and from work | 4/24/2014
  • DeAndrea: Not enough police to curb prostitution Manpower issues are impacting Hazleton Police Department's ability to stamp out prostitution in business districts along Wyoming and Alter streets, the city's top cop said. Hazleton's police department is lacking personnel and doesn't have an undercover | 4/24/2014
  • 3 accused of illegally sending equipment to Syria Three people, including a Susquehanna County man, face charges they illegally exported laboratory equipment used to detect chemical warfare agents to Syria. Harold Rinko, 72, of Hallstead, Ahmad Feras Diri, of London, and Moawea Deri, a Syrian citizen, a | 4/24/2014
  • Smokestack demolition set to begin in Troy The president of Penn-Troy Manufacturing, Inc. said the demolition of the Penn-Troy smokestack in Troy could begin today. On Wednesday, Mark Powers, president of Penn-Troy Manufacturing, said the smokestack demolition was supposed to start Wednesday, b | 4/24/2014
  • Towanda Merchants Association holds inaugural meeting Representatives from six downtown Towanda businesses met Wednesday evening at Ben Franklin Crafts in Towanda to organize and discuss the creation of the Towanda Merchants Association. According to Jay Cory, manager at Ben Franklin Crafts, the organizatio | 4/24/2014
  • No harm found in foul air: SAES students back in classrooms today COAL TOWNSHIP - Students will return today to two wings of the Shamokin Area Elementary School that were temporarily closed out of concern of a suspicious odor. There were no harmful or unusual substances found in the preliminary results of air-quality t | 4/24/2014
  • SCA taxpayers' choice: Pay more or lose teachers CATAWISSA R.R. - A resolution unanimously passed by the Southern Columbia Area School Board Tuesday would cut four teaching positions and eliminate two aides next school year in order to help alleviate a $1 million budget shortfall. But the resolution wo | 4/24/2014
  • SCA teachers, district still far from cutting a deal CATAWISSA R.R. - Based on information released Tuesday night, Southern Columbia Area School District and its teachers are far apart in their efforts to reach a deal on a new contract. The public got a look at just how divided the two sides are when board | 4/24/2014
  • Reams: Getting shot changed my life forever SUNBURY - A teen with an extensive criminal history who allegedly attempted to run over an officer with a car last year before being shot by police said in court Wednesday those incidents changed his life forever. During a day-long decertification hearin | 4/24/2014
  • DCED official: No crime, no financial audit in Shamokin SHAMOKIN - A forensic audit of the city's 2013 finances wouldn't be commissioned unless criminal activity is discovered, a state official told a city police officer Wednesday. Marita Kelley, policy manager with Department of Community and Economic Develo | 4/24/2014
  • New owners to take over The Skatery MANDATA - A local skating rink will be under new ownership Monday. According to a press release from current owners, Donald and Roberta Molaro, The Skatery will be sold to brothers Todd and Troy Laudenslager. The Laudenslager brothers, of Pillow, will b | 4/24/2014
  • ST. THOMAS - A St. Thomas man pleaded guilty Wednesday to carjacking a couple's vehicle in December near the Home Depot off Weymouth Rhymer Highway on St. Thomas. Orville Williams, 24, appeared before District Judge Curtis Gomez to plead guilty to only | 4/24/2014
  • St. Croix radio magnate faces tax evasion charges ST. CROIX - Jonathan Cohen, owner of JKC Communications, was casually dressed in khaki shorts and a faded orange T-shirt when deputy marshals escorted him before District Magistrate Judge George Cannon on Wednesday afternoon. Cohen was advised of his ri | 4/24/2014
  • Salvation Army in Towanda reaches out to community The sound of bells ringing during The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign each December is recognizable to most Americans - but there's more to the charitable organization than fundraising. "Many people see us as a social service agency, but we are a ch | 4/24/2014
  • Weatherly stamps out new burning ordinance For 16 years, officials in Weatherly have been discussing a new burning ordinance. It could be another 16 years before a new ordinance is finally approved. At Monday's borough council meeting, Mayor Tom Connors called for a vote to advertise a burning or | 4/24/2014
  • Commission to review PPL petition PPL Electric Utilities wants a state agency to boost customer fees for storm-damage expenses. The Public Utility Commission on Wednesday agreed to review the Allentown-based utility's petition to reconsider a limit on controversial costs PPL may recove | 4/24/2014
  • Barletta addresses economy, says government spending is out of control U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta believes the federal government has to restore its trust with the American people by eliminating waste and telling people the truth. Barletta, R-Hazleton, during his annual visit Wednesday to a Red Carpet Breakfast of the Greater | 4/24/2014
  • Miley sets mark MOOSIC - It has been 28 years since Dave Miley stepped into the batters box for the Class A Tampa Tarpons and took a pitch off the foot. It was the one at-bat in the one game he played during his minor-league career for Marc Bombard. Since then, Miley h | 4/24/2014
  • HS SOFTBALL: Minersville powers past Marian MINERSVILLE - With the way Minersville senior Riley Gerenda was pitching, it might not have mattered how the wind was blowing Wednesday at Ken Schneck Field. But while Gerenda was handcuffing visiting Marian on three hits and tossing 16 strikeouts, the w | 4/23/2014
  • Police: White Haven man pushed woman from car State police at Wyoming arrested a White Haven man Sunday after he allegedly punched a woman and pushed her out of his car. Officers say Nicholas Niemenski, 43, of 411 Fern Ridge Road, and Amy Lynch were driving home from the Leisure Tavern in Wilkes-Bar | 4/24/2014
  • ThinkSTEM holds design challenge Four teams qualify for state event ULSTER - Fifteen teams of students in the fourth through eighth grades participated Tuesday in the first-ever STEM Design Challenge at ThinkSTEM Academy. Student teams had 10 weeks to design, plan and test a model of a vehicle designed to move people | 4/24/2014
  • Stage approved as interim Athens superintendent ATHENS - The Athens Area School District board of education Tuesday approved the appointment of Craig Stage as the district's next interim superintendent. Stage, currently the district's director of educational programs, will begin serving as interim sup | 4/24/2014
  • Line Mountain contract negotiation meeting 'productive' MANDATA - Both sides of the Line Mountain School District teacher contract negotiations said Tuesday night's session was "professional and productive." Mark McDade, chief negotiator for the Line Mountain Education Association and the teachers' representa | 4/24/2014
  • Cup next on captain's checklist WILKES-BARRE - There's a term used to describe players in European soccer that is rarely used in discussion of North American sports. Talisman. A talisman is a player who can almost magically push a team through adversity, an emotional leader, an icon, t | 4/24/2014
  • Initiative looks to give boost to local businesses Starting in May, look for special Saturday offers at downtown Hazleton businesses. Hazleton POWER! members are in the process of arranging Small Business Saturdays, and are inviting business owners to an upcoming meeting to discuss plans and share ideas. | 4/24/2014

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